Day 1 of KARNE NORTE: The Great North American Food Trip
Posted on September 24, 2012 by Spanky Hizon Enriquez
10pm, Friday night, 14 September.
All my bags weren't packed yet, but everything that was supposed to fit in those two pieces of luggage were already divided into two 50-pound piles.
It started to rain softly, but I didn't pay it any undue attention... even though my worst fear regarding this trip to the US and Canada was getting stranded in Manila due to a habagat, as we experienced last August.
I thought that the gods wouldn't be THAT crazy, and allow such an insane series of events that would prevent me from reaching the NAIA. I live near the UST area, you see, in between the two city districts that I ironically have named Tamarind Bay and the Boardwalk, respectively: Sampaloc and Sta. Cruz, deep in the city of Manila.
In my part of town, even a half-hour of continuous torrential rains will most likely cause this to happen on Espana, the major artery of Manila that I had no option but to cross whenever I had to go to any point of Pasay.
By 5am, I haphazardly threw everything I had to bring into my two suitcases, thinking that I would hail a passing cab, jeep, or even a truck, and pay them a king’s ransom just to get me to the airport, come hell or high water.
By 6am, a depressing gray hue replaced the pinkish glow from the night clouds; I was resigned to spending the day in bed, and not on an airplane, depressed and going through the stages of DABDA....
… And then, a miracle.
By 7am, God smiled down on me. And what a bright smile it was.
By 12nn, the floods had subsided enough to allow me to cross Espana.
By 1pm, I was celebrating my good fortune and impending departure with my friends at the Ultimate Taste Test in Rockwell, where I bought ensaimadas and pastillas to bring to my friends and family on the East Coast.
By 5pm, I was at the Don Bosco Church in Makati, on my knees, for a heartfelt prayer of thanks. Indeed, God is Good!
By 8pm, I was comfortably seated at the PAL terminal.
By 10pm, I learned that I had been upgraded to Business Class.